Why Is There So Much Exhaust Coming Out of My Tailpipe?

Your car has a ton of exhaust smoke flowing out of the tailpipe because the engine has a serious fluid leak. The exhaust is created when the leaking fluid is burned. Checkpoint Motors can find the source of the leak and fix it. In the meantime, it’s important that you avoid driving your car, truck, or utility vehicle if it is releasing a ton of exhaust. This is an indication that you have serious engine damage, and continuing to drive your automobile will only damage the engine further.


The color of the exhaust reveals the fluid that is leaking in the engine. For example, if you have a ton of black exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe, your engine is leaking large amounts of gasoline or diesel fuel. Obviously, you do not want to drive your automobile when the engine is in this condition. Doing so runs the risk of an engine fire. In fact, in severe cases, you may have sparks or flames coming out of the tailpipe. This is only cool when it is a special effect in the movies.


It’s even more important that you don’t drive your automobile if you have blue or gray exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe. This is an indication that your engine is leaking the oil that is in it and burning it away. In other words, you don’t have any oil in the engine to protect it. If you continue to drive your automobile, you can damage the engine beyond repair in less than 30 minutes.


White exhaust means that the engine is burning leaking coolant. This could come from the head gasket or the engine gasket. If either crack, you will end up with a severe coolant leak in the engine that will cause the white exhaust. You might also end up with white smoke coming out from underneath the hood. If you continue to drive your automobile as the engine leaks coolant, you will overheat the engine and might end up cracking the engine block.


Finally, if you cannot see your vehicle’s exhaust, this is an indication that everything is okay. You might see steam when it’s cold outside, but in most cases, vehicle exhaust is clear. This being said, if your exhaust smells like rotten eggs or gasoline, this is an indication of trouble in the engine.

Call Checkpoint Motors in Oregon City, OR, today if you have a ton of exhaust flowing out of your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s tailpipe. We will find the leak and fix it.

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